Translation of distinguish in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃ/


  • 1 1.1 (differentiate) distinguir*, diferenciar to distinguish sth/sb from sth/sb distinguir* or diferenciar algo/a algn de algo/algn
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    • What I have difficulty with is distinguishing different noises in loud areas.
    • Pinker suggests that our love of music may have developed out of a similar evolutionary need to distinguish different sounds.
    • The software is also speed-sensitive, so it can distinguish the different conditions in city driving and faster roads or motorways.
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    • These differences are sufficient to distinguish between the two species.
    • As investors, we need to be able to distinguish between interesting scientific discoveries and commercially viable projects.
    • This difference is very significant because it helps you distinguish between vertical and horizontal pipes.
    (distinguishing present participle/participio presente)
    [feature/mark] distintivo, característico
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    • Several features distinguish the Posimetric design from other feeding technology.
    • Some of the characteristics that distinguish the two are intrinsic.
    • A suite of characteristics distinguishes Orconectes neglectus from other northeastern crayfishes.


  • distinguir* he can't distinguish between green and blue no distingue entre el verde y el azul, no distingue el verde del azul

v refl

  • to distinguish oneself distinguirse*, destacarse* you didn't exactly distinguish yourself [humorous/humorístico] la verdad es que te luciste [ironic/irónico]

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Most first names in Spanish-speaking countries are those of saints. A person's santo, (also known as onomástico in Latin America and onomástica in Spain) is the saint's day of the saint that they are named for. Children were once usually named for the saint whose day they were born on, but this is less common now.